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Rogers said she had been “planning in my mind for many, many years” how she would paint the poster to promote the annual art show in downtown Belleville.
“Reflections at Dusk” is the result of her planning for the poster for the 16th annual Art on the Square scheduled for May 19-21.
“Reflections at Dusk” is the title of this year’s Art on the Square poster by Susan K. Rogers. It features the Veterans Memorial Fountain on the Public Square as the sky transitions from day to night.
The poster’s centerpiece is the Veterans Memorial Fountain on Public Square as the sky transitions from day to night. Hues of blue and pink dominate the painting.
Rogers said the view is on West Main Street looking toward the east. She used soft pastels to paint the poster.
On the lower left, you can see the top of Public Square clock dedicated to the late Curt Weisenstein. And a woman with a black hat in the crowd on the left is a nod to Patty Gregory, the executive director of Art on the Square known for her large, colorful hats.
The poster also features the twinkling of the festival lights that crisscross over downtown streets.
“I love the lights they have going across the streets,” Rogers said.
Rogers said one of the reasons she chose dusk as the setting for her painting is that festival goers are relaxing and ready to celebrate into the evening. She said the pinks in the fountain are inspired by the “sweet 16” anniversary of this year’s Art on the Square.
I love the lights they have going across the streets.
Artist Susan K. Rogers
Rogers is a plein air artist, which means she specializes in painting outdoors and two painters who inspire her are Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.
Rogers, who recently moved from Belleville to Millstadt, has been selected several times to have a booth at Art on Square and will participate in this year’s show.
“It’s my favorite art show,” Rogers said.
Last year’s Art on the Square was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Art Fair SourceBook based on fine-art sales reported by artists. This was the sixth time in the past 10 years that Belleville had the top ranking.